US (MS): Amid shifting cannabis landscape, Ole Miss remains the only grower for federal research

For more than 50 years, the University of Mississippi has been the only place in the United States where cannabis is grown for federally approved research.

That said, the landscape around cannabis has changed significantly since the late 1960s, and the school's cannabis project, formally known as the National Center for Natural Products Research, may soon no longer be the only such program in the country.

Through a contract with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the university's School of Pharmacy has grown, processed, and researched cannabis products and their impacts since NIDA's founding in 1974, though the university's program actually predates NIDA. For every research study that was performed with federal approval at that time, the cannabis used was grown on the Ole Miss campus.

"For decades now, all of the material that was used in research projects all over the United States, thousands and thousands of publications by people other than us, it was all from the material that we produced here," said Donald Stanford, assistant director of the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Ole Miss.

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